Joe, Yvonne Cordell Pledge $5 Million To Law, Medicine Institute

Joe, Yvonne Cordell Pledge Donation To Law, Medicine Institute

Joe and Yvonne CordellCordell & Cordell Co-Founder and Principal Partner Joe Cordell and his wife, Yvonne Cordell, recently pledged a donation to Washington University to establish a new institute to study issues of ethics, medicine, and law.

Additionally, the couple is providing annual support to the Joseph and Yvonne Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law, which was dedicated Wednesday.

The institute will address questions raised by precision medicine and take on issues of ethics and policy in data-driven health care. The institute is a “first-of-its-kind collaboration that combines expertise in human genomic science and the law of ethics of human information management to drive ethically responsible data-driven health care,” according to officials.

“I am grateful to Joseph and Yvonne not only for their financial generosity but also for their farsightedness and wisdom in knowing the importance of these issues in the world today and well into the future,” Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton said. “Their gift will help many navigate the often-difficult waters of precision medicine, ethics and law. This is a gift with far-reaching and long-lasting impact.”

Mr. Cordell (LLM ’08) AND Ms. Cordell (JD ’88) are both alumni of the Washington University School of Law. In 2017, the couple received a 2017 Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Award from the School of Law, where Mr. Cordell is on the Law National Council, and Ms. Cordell has served on the school’s Scholarship Initiative Committee.

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